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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM) is a comprehensive holistic medical system which not only alleviates the symptoms of disease, but strives to treat the underlying cause of disease to improve quality of life. Acupuncture, medicinal herbs, cupping, and nutritional therapy are some of the tools used to restore health. TCM enhances the body’s natural healing ability by reducing inflammation, improving circulation, boosting immune function, and alleviating pain and stress.

All Acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners are regulated through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). The College sets the standards and scope of practice, and ensures that practitioners are providing safe, professional, and ethical health care to patients. Only registered members of the CTCMPAO may use the title of Acupuncturist (R.Ac) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP).

The Focus of This Practice is:

  • Pain (acute & chronic): Arthritis, Joint pain, migraines/headaches, neck and back pain, digestive pain.
  • Women’s Health Issues:  PMS, menstrual pain or irregularities, menopausal symptoms, pregnancy care.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia, somnolence, dream disturbed sleep.

Many chronic conditions whether it be pain or degenerative disease can be effectively managed using TCM alongside the treatments recommended by your medical doctor.  Biomedicine and TCM work safely together in most cases, resulting in improved outcomes. 

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The honest answer is not usually, and if so, not much. Acupuncture needles are very different from the needles used to draw blood or give injections. The single use, sterile acupuncture needles used are small in diameter, filiform (solid), flexible and are intended to part tissue rather than cut it. As a result, many people do not experience pain with acupuncture needles. Often the sensation is described as “pressure” or “a heavy radiating sensation”, rather than pain. Most patients find acupuncture to be a very relaxing experience, and a welcome relief from the pain of illness they live with daily.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

In general, it takes longer to treat chronic problems; acute issues are resolved more quickly. A course of treatment will be recommended to you on your first visit. Initially coming more frequently (twice weekly) can help resolve the chief problem more quickly, as treatments have an accumulative effect. An average course of treatment is 6-12 session. Very chronic conditions may take several courses of treatment.

How Do I Have Other Questions Answered, or Make an Appointment?

To find out if acupuncture and medicinal herbal therapies are best for you, please contact:

Amy Lipsett, R.Ac, R.TCMP Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Traditional Chinese
Medicine Practitioner

Chemong  Physiotherapy 
phone:  705-292-9888
email: cp@leadtheway.ca

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